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The Virgin and Child in a Garden
Style of Martin Schongauer

The Virgin and Child are shown in a closed garden, the 'hortus conclusus' (closed garden in Latin), which represents chastity. Of the flowers, the iris is frequently shown as a symbol of the Virgin's grief. The subject was popular in Alsace.

The composition is close to that of an engraving signed with Schongauer's initials.

Key facts
Artist Style of Martin Schongauer
Artist dates active 1469; died 1491
Full title The Virgin and Child in a Garden
Date made 1469-91
Medium and support Oil on lime
Dimensions 30.2 x 21.9 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number NG723
Location in Gallery Room 65
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